LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - How important is a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament? That's debatable, but what's not debatable is that #1 seeds are 112-0 in opening round games against #16 seeds, since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 in 1985. So you can see why Rick Pitino has talked with his players about the importance of earning one.
"Our next goal is a #1 seed. I think that if we continue to win out and win the Big East tournament, I think we have a legitimate shot at obtaining a #1 seed," Cards guard Peyton Siva said. "A lot of people are going to play a lot of tough teams and as long as we keep on winning I think a #1 seed is in our future."
Pitino gave his team a goal of winning it's last 7 regular season games, and they went 7-0, so who are we to doubt them now?
"He said that's what he wants and if you have a goal, and if Coach says that's what he wants, we have to get it done," Gorgui Dieng said. "I'm sure he's going to get us ready and we're going to get the job done."
U of L has only been a #1 seed twice before, in 1983 and in 2009. The 1983 squad made it to the Final Four in dramatic fashion, beating Kentucky in overtime in
"The Dream Game," before falling to Houston and "Phi Slamma Jamma" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 2009 team, coached by Pitino, was beaten in the Elite Eight by Michigan State.
Before U of L fans get too fired up about seeding, don't forget Rick Pitino's two Cards Final Four squads were both 4 seeds, and both of Denny Crum's National Championship teams, in 1980 and 1986, were #2 seeds.
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